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Nigel G. Fielding

In: The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Collection

Chapter 37: Combining Digital and Physical Data

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Combining Digital and Physical Data
Combining Digital and Physical Data
Nigel G. Fielding

Despite over half a century during which digital technologies have made a growing impact on social research, it was not until the 1990s that the term ‘research online’ emerged as a new field of social research methods. The year 2008 saw publication of the first edition of the Handbook of Online Research Methods and, as its editors, Grant Blank, Ray Lee and I shared with our contributors the view that although ‘online methods’ were of considerable and growing significance, it remained appropriate to regard them as distinct from offline methods.

In 2017, and at least in the global North, it is fair to say that at least one part of the lifecycle of nearly ...

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